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acknowledges we should do something with background checks. >> reporter: not everyone, wayne lapierre, head of the nra says the president's proposals will not stop gun crime. >> the kinds aren't -- criminals aren't going to comply with it. >> reporter: but mark kelly, husband of gabriel giffords, says they are working and they need to be extended. >> since 1999, 1.7 million people were prevented from getting a firearm because they had a criminal record or a history of mental illness. >> reporter: the toughest sell here on capitol hill is the assault weapons ban, something even the senate's top democrats, majority leader harry reid has not endorsed. >> i didn't vote for the assault weapons last time because it didn't make sense but i'll take a look at it. >> reporter: kelly says congress needs to pass the ban. >> i know the value of having an assault weapon. it's to kill a lot of people very quickly. i think there are -- i think they're way too readily available. >> reporter: lapierre says semiautomatic guns help keep america safe. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >>> president owe bap
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